Fifty artists — some of Canada’s most celebrated and many who are First Nations — have taken up paintbrushes and carving tools to portray Canada’s fragile raincoast, one they feel is threatened by the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Enbridge and their international partners. The artists’ goal is to bring attention to the dramatic beauty and ecological diversity of B.C.’s north and central coasts that will be at risk if tankers are permitted to ship diluted bitumen through their narrow and dangerous channels. Over a two-week period in June of 2012 they traveled to the region on an expedition organized by Raincoast Conservation Foundation to depict the rich biodiversity and integrated, ecological elements of the forest, intertidal, and ocean zones, and the people, flora and fauna that have lived there for thousands of years. The resulting original artworks, donated by the artists (including Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Carol Evans, Roy Henry Vickers, Craig Benson and Alison Watt), have become part of a traveling art show, which has completed its B.C. leg and will commence it’s Alberta leg on April 15th in Calgary at the Atrium of the Calgary Municipal Building. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of what is at stake on Canada’s spectacular west coast. Daily hours for the art exhibition, which will run from April 15 – 17 at the Atrium, are 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.